Catching up on the last few days and a Barbie

Gerald the Gunsmith phoned on Tuesday evening to say my stock was ready so I collected it on Wednesday, it’s not pretty but it’s far more functional. I did notice a big black mark on the Tarmac by the lights, I wonder how much of the Alfa was left.
Frank phoned me on Wednesday afternoon to tell me my La Pavoni coffee machine was ready, he had totally rebuilt it so here’s to the next 15 years or so. Michelle gave me a huge bag of Moka coffee beans, I think she felt sorry for me having to spend so much on the machine, ah well that’s life and good coffee taken care of.
Huw called over on Thursday evening baring gifts, a tray of freshly pulled veg and some Bay leaves; you see what I mean about Bay leaves, you don’t have to buy them. Anyway I put the Bay on the window sill to dry off.



I’ve just had an update on the WordPress App and everything has changed, doesn’t that piss you off, it was fine the way it was. I apologise on behalf of WordPress if my blog looks a bit different.

Right then it’s Friday, the sun is shining so I thought a Barbie was in order.
I’ve decided to do some pork kebabs with a spicy tomato ketchup. The ketchup first, this is really easy; chop two shallots up really fine, crush a clove of garlic and half 8 cherry tomatoes and sauté in a tiny drop of oil until the shallots are transparent, add a pinch of smoked paprika and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne. Put a tin of chopped tomatoes in the pan and simmer. Add some black pepper a 1/4 teaspoon of rock salt and a bouquet garni, simmer for 15 mins and remove the bouquet garni, continue to simmer covered for another half an hour. Remove from the heat and let it stand for half an hour. Sieve the contents, adjust the seasoning and use hot or cold.






Now the pork, I’ve used two pork fillets.
Trim the pork of any fat etc and cut into rough cubes.


The marinade; I tend to play this by ear but this is what I did this time;

Rind of a lemon

Juice of half a lemon

Glass of armagnac

Teaspoon of dark soy sauce

Three dessert spoons maple syrup (we’ve talked about this before)

Mix this together in a bowl and add the pork.


Cover and allow to stand for 3-4 hours stirring occasionally.
Cut up two red peppers into squares and thread alternatively onto skewers with the pork. I tend to use wooden skewers, don’t forget to give them a soak in water for an hour before use, this will inhibit them burning (to much).


Pop this lot onto the Barbie and cook slowly (have you noticed that the ly seems to be left off, in the Olympic indium “he ran the race perfect” not perfectly as it should be. Another thing that is really getting under my skin lately is “for free”, now something is “free” or “for something” it is not “for free” . I noticed the other night five adverts on the telly using the phrase “for free” are the advertisers illiterate, I don’t consider myself to be a particularly literate person but surely they should be. We seem to be taking the English language to the lowest common denominator and it’s not good), basting as it cooks.




After eating Joe and I had a coffee from the La Pavoni with the coffee given to me by Michelle. It was absolutely gorgeous, I’ll be buying this again (although I didn’t buy this lot), it was really smooth, strong and thick. We also had half a bottle of armagnac, what a good night.


Earlier I was checking the garden and thought I’d pull a carrot to see where we are, lo and behold I have carrots, the peas, fennel and courgettes are all nearly ready. The tomatoes on the other hand!


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